Raisin oatmeal cookies from Whistler Cooks are my favourite reboot for the afternoon. Arguably almost healthy, like a bowl of oatmeal in one tidy hand held package, these chewy, circle havens will tide you well into the dinner hours.
I don’t need to even specify my order anymore at the new Dups Mexican place, the former stomping ground of La Torterilla. Large taco salads with homemade salsa, guacamole, spice-infused beans and fresh leafy lettuce I swear have become the sixth food group in my diet. The salad is a guilt-free pleasure and best of all, no washing of dishes is required. You get to eat the bowl. Sustainable dining you might say.
Splitz’s French fries are another quick grab that both Teddy and I enjoy. However, I don’t share the garlic-mayo special Splitz dipping sauce with my pooch. He’s a straight-up ketchup kind of guy.
Big soup bowls at Gone Bakery in Whistler Village are back with all those wonderful hearty soups to warm up with after a day on the slopes. When Gone first changed owners the store was ladling out smaller soup bowls at the same price. All is well in the lunch world again with bowls of warm elixirs filling up even the hungriest of mountain men — and if not, you’ve always got cheesecake brownies to fall back on. Yam-carrot, cheddar cauliflower and meat-based soups cozy up to homemade, thickly cut breads such as jalapeno cheddar or my personal favourite, honey oat.
Need a good dose of veggies? The vegetable stir-fry at Moguls is both fast and runs the garden gamut with your choice of adding chicken or tofu. Veggies are lightly steamed and piled on top of rice or noodles. The best part is that you put on the sauce yourself, so you can add as little or as much as your waistline allows. The Thai chili sauce is always the first bottle emptied.
Moguls also satisfies the quick chocolate fix with hot chocolates topped with chocolate whip cream, just in case the kid-friendly caffeine motor starter wasn’t enough.
Pasta Lupino Gourmet is always great for a quick grab. The homemade sauces and pastas are always consistently good with fresh-from-the-oven foccaccia and pesto-dressed salad for sides. The tiramisu is a fast and favourite find as well. Pasta and pizza dough is also available to cook at home.
It’s been a while since I visited Ingrid’s Village Café. I kind of overdosed on the yummy garden burgers on whole wheat Kaisers and the chewy chocolate cookies. I think I’ve gotten my second wind, especially with thoughts of the lemon cake beckoning me back.
Grilled paninis at Cracked Pepper are gondola friendly eats. I always try to stray from my usual apple, Brie and caramelized onions toasted sandwich. Tomato and fresh basil; turkey and Swiss; and proscuitto paninis are only a few of the daily rotating choices, but the apples toasted in gooey cheese always keep me coming back for the same. The egg sandwiches and egg scramble wrap with salsa, cheese and potatoes are also favourite finds.
Breakfast is still my favourite meal of the day thanks to the goat cheese and red pepper frittata at Elements, veggie omelet at the Southside Diner, Gone Slam bit of everything plate at Alpine Bakery and Catering Company, and fresh tomato and avocado eggs benedict at any of the Wild Wood’s locations (Whistler Village, Function Junction and Pemberton).
Avalanche Pizza is tucked away off the Village Stroll with in-hand lunch quick fixes. There is nothing fancy about it: cheesy, simple toppings and lots of grease like good pizza should be. You can literally feel all the starch and mozzarella going to your thighs. But with scores of powder around these days, it’s just one more excuse to get on the mountain.
I’m always looking for new favourite finds. Share your favourites and what makes them so by dropping me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.